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2nd VP Communications
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2nd VP Communications
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Falcon Band VP Communications
Dear Falcon Band Parents and Students,
I am your new 2nd VP of Communications and look forward to serving on the board this year!
We are trying a new format for our newsletters. Please click the link below and let me know if you have any issues opening it.
"Pick Up Your Equipment Night" is this Tuesday! I have attached the forms to this email if you have lost the previous email that was sent. Make sure to go through every tab and print it after you complete it. It will make Tuesday night MUCH easier!
Equipment Night Forms
Thanks to all who attended our meeting last Thursday. It was a very productive meeting! I was confirmed as FBBC President and Lisa Russell was confirmed as our new 2nd VP-Communications. Erin Harris volunteered to be the Uniform Chair (but, would love a co-chair). Shane Gordan and Danon Warden volunteered to join the elite truck driving force. Larry Kamrud will handle the trailer inspection and Mana Vautier will coordinate the schedule for the truck drivers. We are off to a great start for the year!
This issue of the "Band Buzz" provides an overview of all the happenings in band. In the next few days, you will receive two separate e-mails for the following two events: Pick Up Your Equipment Night (Aug. 3) and Rock-a-thon (Aug. 6). They will both contain all the details and provide a link for our "Sign Up Genius" for volunteers. My advice to all parents is to get involved, start small, and know that your efforts are appreciated!
CCISD ON-LINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
This application must be filled out prior to volunteering in CCISD. It takes only a few minutes to fill it out and it takes 3-4 days for it to be approved. Click on CLHS and select "serve on booster club." All parents are encouraged to complete this task at the beginning of the school year. If you plan to be a committee chair, a chaperone, hand out washcloths, serve cookies after a concert, or any other task large or small, then this application is required.
Thanks to those that responded! Popsicles will be handed out and trash collected during the first 2 weeks of summer band (July 26th -- Aug 6th) after the morning outside rehearsal. The rehearsal is expected toend at approximately 10 a.m. Fellow Posse Members: Meet on the sidewalk outside the band hall door at 9:45 and we should be done by 10:30 at the latest. Reply to this email if you are interested in helping with this activity and which days you are available (or you can just show up!) NOTE: ON THE FIRST DAY (July 26) WE WILL MEET AT 9:20 AM SINCE THE BAND WILL BREAK AT 9:30 AM.
PICK UP YOUR EQUIPMENT NIGHT--AUGUST 3 FROM 6-8 PM
At "Pick Up Your Equipment Night," you can pick up any band items ordered and paid for at the end of the last school year. Additionally, you will be able to pay the Band Activity Fee and purchase items from the booster club, which include game meals, contest meals, booster club membership, spirit items, and tickets for the Annual Summer BBQ. It is also an opportunity to find ways to help the booster club make a difference in the band and color guard programs. "Pick Up Your Equipment Night" has been designated as a tax-free night. You will not be charged sales tax on August 3. A detailed email will be sent out in a day or two specifically for this event and to request volunteers.
ROCK-A-THON UPDATE--AUGUST 6 FROM 6-10 PM
An email was sent out on July 12th with many details. Continue to follow-up with friends and family about donating to our biggest fundraiser of the year! If they prefer to sponsor your child by writing a check, make it payable to "FBBC" and mail it to: Falcon Band Booster Club, P.O. Box 891612, Houston, TX 77289-1612. If they prefer to donate on-line, then the correct link is shown below. Either way, make sure they include your child's name so that their donation can be associated with your student. A detailed email will be sent out in a couple of days specifically for this event and to request volunteers.
FALCON BAND BARBEQUE
The date has been set! On Thursday, August 19, at 6:30 PM, the FBBC will be hosting the Annual Falcon Band Summer Barbeque and Exhibition. The Falcon Band will perform at 6:30 PM on the JV football field followed by a barbeque dinner in the cafeteria. Ticket orders for this event can be turned in at Pick Up Your Equipment Night on August 3.
This event will be sponsored by both Band and Orchestra and the date has been set for Saturday, September 18th. Mark your calendar! Looking for a "chair" for this event to work with the "chair" from orchestra. If you have been wondering how to get involved but do not want a long-term commitment, then this role may be a good fit. As chair, you would be given step-by-step instructions from Ben Marsh of Custom Fundraising Solutions. Some tasks might involve advertising, communication, and organizing FBBC volunteers to be door greeters. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SELL MATTRESSES! Easy money with minimal effort! This event will be discussed in more detail at our August FBBC meeting. Please reply to this email if you would like more information about chairing this event.
Dear Band and Color Guard Students and Parents,
Hope you are having a nice summer! Good news...the nominating committee has found someone who is willing to serve as FBBC president...and that person is me! With almost all the committees filled with awesome volunteers this will be a breeze. I have had three kiddos in band since 2011 and have been involved in being a chaperone, helping with game meals, rolled props/instruments on the field at half-time, handed out plumes, solicited businesses for donations, helped serve cookies and punch after concerts, and was the game drinks chair. My advice to all parents is to get involved, start small, and know that your efforts are appreciated!
The next FBBC meeting will be on Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the band hall. Please plan to attend to vote me in as president (or to challenge me!) and to find out all that will be happening with the band in the next several weeks. A reminder, an agenda, and last month's paperwork will be sent out next week. I apologize for the long e-mail, but we have some busy weeks ahead. If you don't have time to read all this, then come to the meeting on Thursday!
FBBC, 2nd VP-- Communications
FBBC BOARD AND COMMITTEE CHAIR OPENINGS
We now have an opening for 2nd VP--Communications, who is responsible for all the communications of the Booster Club (a job which can be done from the comfort of your own home). I am willing to continue in this role until Labor Day. Reply to this e-mail if you are interested and/or have questions about this position.
The 1st VP--Fundraising job is still open (which involves overseeing all the fundraising activities for the FBBC). Our biggest fundraiser is already ongoing and we have chairs for many of the other fundraisers.
Looking for more drivers for the trucks! We have 3 with special licenses willing to drive the 18-wheeler and we have 7 with regular licenses that have volunteered to drive one of the box trucks. This elite team of dedicated parents are the true "unsung" heros of the band program! And, I just found out that they get FREE game meals while the students are loading the trucks.
Still looking for a Corporate Donations chair. This is a low-key job where you solicit band sponsorships from local businesses. Since we haven't had anyone in this role for a few years, expectations are low, but impact could be high if you bring in a few sponsors!
We have two people interested in Band Banquet and Uniforms, but they would like a co-chair to assist them. "Band Banquet" will occur in May and is a one-time event that needs planning. The "Uniform Chairs" coordinate volunteers to organize and distribute marching uniforms and concert uniforms, oversee repairs, and provide instructions for laundering.
We also need a "Marching Show Props" person. For our "Metamorphosis in Blue" marching show, the props will be simple, but elegant and impactful. It will involve about a dozen 12x10 panels on wheels with different shades of blue on each side. A prototype has been created. Speak to one of the band directors if you think you would like to coordinate volunteers to make the rest of them!
SUMMER MARCHING BAND CAMP
Begins July 19th for percussion. Begins July 21st for band leadership. Begins July 26th for the full band (which includes color guard). See the band calendar for all the details, which is always front and center on the FBBC website at clhsband.org. You could also use these links to subscribe to the band calendar which was switched from CHARMS to GOOGLE.
All other devices:
REMINDER-PHYSICALS DUE BEFORE SUMMER BAND
Your student will not be allowed to participate in summer marching band until the physical forms are completed, uploaded, and approved by a director.
**CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS: Now using the Rank One system (the same system that athletics has been using). Read the attached "Physical Requirements and Rank One Instructions" .pdf for instructions on how to upload your completed physical form, enter your medical history information, and enter emergency information, etc. There is no paper physical to turn in this year! Everything will be entered online or uploaded via your Rank One account. Here is the link to get started. I tried it and it is very easy! Contact Mr. Pearce is you have any questions at 281-284-2075.
During the first 2 weeks of summer band (July 26th -- Aug 6th), students rehearse outside 7-10 a.m. and then come inside for rehearsal. Mr. Pearce has given approval to distribute popsicles to students to enjoy during their SHORT break before they come inside. Looking for volunteers to help distribute popsicles and collect trash from the students before they go inside. We will meet on the sidewalk outside the band hall a little before 10 a.m. and will be done by 10:30 at the latest. Reply to this email if you are interested in helping with this activity and which days you are available (or you can just show up!) Here are some reasons to volunteer:
* Short time commitment
* Your student will appreciate you!
* You will quickly become a favorite band parent!
* You can see what it's like to volunteer with the band!
* You can ask questions if you are new to band!
PICK UP YOUR EQUIPMENT NIGHT--AUGUST 3
On August 3rd (6-8 pm), the FBBC will host a "Pick Up Your Equipment Night." In addition to picking up the items ordered and paid for in June, band students and parents will be able to come together to accomplish several tasks all at once. The next Band Buzz will specify the timeslots and include an Excel spreadsheet which you can fill in and then print out. Parents that do this in advance cycle through all the stations quickly and go home early!
1. Pick up equipment ordered and paid for on-line in June
2. Information Form: Drop off and ask any questions you have about band.
3. Membership: Have an opportunity to join the Booster Club
4. Volunteers: Learn how to get involved and volunteer
5. Game Meals: Order and pay for game meals and contest meals
6. Spirit Items: Order and pay for any additional Spirit Items
7. Summer BBQ: Order and pay for Summer BBQ Tickets (Event Date: TBD)
8. Band Dues: Pay this annual fee
9. Cashier Check Out: The fastest way to pay and be on your way is to bring your checkbook!
In addition, we envision having a few more "stations" with volunteers for your questions: "Rock-a-Thon", "Color Guard", and "Seniors Only". At the "Rock-a-Thon" station, you can drop off last minute donations, gift card donations, and find out what timeslots are left for volunteers. At the "Seniors Only" station, you will be able to pickup your Senior Mum, order a "Big Head" if desired, and find out how you can support your senior student throughout the year in the culmination of their celebration at the Band Banquet in May.
ROCK-A-THON UPDATE--AUGUST 6 FROM 6-10 PM
A long email was sent out on July 12th giving an update. Many of you have responded and we thank you! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we use these donations to help support expenses needed to maintain our high-quality band program. Rock-a-thon is a great way to raise money for our band while having fun in the process. If your friends and family prefer to sponsor your child by writing a check, make it payable to "FBBC" and mail it to: Falcon Band Booster Club, P.O. Box 891612, Houston, TX 77289-1612. If they prefer to donate on-line, then the correct link is shown below. Either way, make sure they include your child's name so that their donation can be associated with your student.
ROCK-A-THON UPDATE FROM YOUR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Dear Band and Color Guard Students and Parents,
I hope you all are enjoying this summer and are getting to spend time with family and friends. Before you know it, we'll be back together and it will be time to start our wonderful marching season. It is so exciting to be getting back into a more normal routine this upcoming school year. We are thrilled that everyone will be able to participate this year in the favorite social event of the summer—the annual Rock-a-thon, and we'll all have a blast being together for this event. For many of you, this will be your first Rock-a-thon since we were unable to have it last year.
WHAT IS ROCK-A-THON?
For those of you who have not participated in Rock-a-thon before, here is a brief description of what it's all about. The students receive donations to sponsor them to stay in their rocking (rolling) chairs for a lock-in from 6:00 pm until midnight. This event will happen on Friday, August 6th and is for ALL band and color guard members (even those band members that do not march due to a conflict with another sport). Students bring their favorite rolling chair and prepare to rock-and-roll the night away and have fun being together while playing video games, chair dodgeball, chair frisbee, and much more. There will be door prizes and students can earn drink tickets, chicken nuggets, and pizza by receiving a certain level of donations.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Asking for Donations: We need your help in preparing for this Rock-a-thon. While you are out visiting with family and friends, please consider asking them to make a donation for Rock-a-thon. Also, follow up with those you sent mailers to that you haven't heard from reminding them about the donations. We have received some donations from our mailer campaign during spring marching camp, but need to keep gathering donations. So far, we have received $2,500. Our goal is $17,000. Let's keep working together to reach our goal. A copy of the sample letter we sent out at spring camp is shown at the end of this email, which includes the link to make an on-line donation. The more donations you receive, the more credits you receive. Here are the levels and the amount of donations necessary for each:
$75 Entry into Rock-a-thon
$100 Drink Ticket
$150 Chick-fil-a nuggets
$250 and up, each $50 increment receives a chance for exclusive door prize
$500 and up win a gift card to Amazon
Join Falcon Band Booster Club (FBBC) at a Level Above Basic Membership: The minimum or basic membership of FBBC is $40. Any amount above the minimum will be used toward your student’s “Rock-a-thon Level” as shown above. For example, if you join FBBC at the $100 level, then $60 of your membership will go toward your student’s “Rock-a-thon Level.” You will have an opportunity to join FBBC on August 3rd from 6-8 pm during the “Pick Up Your Equipment” event. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend to ask ALL your questions about Rock-a-Thon and any other questions about the band!
Gift Card Donations: Another way to help make our Rock-a-Thon successful is donating gift cards that we can use as door prizes. Gift cards should be for $10-$15 each for places like Starbucks, i-Tunes, fast food restaurants, etc. The $30 three packs work great! Please leave them in the package and we will break them up once we get them. Start gathering those while you are out shopping this summer if you'd like to help in this way, and we can collect them closer to time of Rock-a-Thon.
Volunteer: Save the date (August 6th) to come out and help us at Rock-a-thon. We need many parent volunteers to help this run smoothly. It's a great opportunity to see all the fun and excitement that happens at Rock-a-thon and also get to know our wonderful parents better. We will be sending a link for Sign up Genius to pick a shift to help out closer to the time of Rock-a-thon.
Corporate Matching Donations: Many companies and businesses have matching donation programs. If you work for a company with a matching program, please consider requesting a matching donation. The FBBC can help you with any paperwork you may need to fill out.
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we use these donations to help support expenses needed to keep our high-quality band program, our wonderful group of clinicians and instructors, and necessary repairs and replacement of worn equipment. Please consider how you can help our Rock-a-thon to be successful. We look forward to raising money for our band while having fun in the process. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you soon. Shown below is the letter that was sent out at spring marching camp that you can use as a template that includes the correct link for donations. You are more than welcome to contact us if you would like to know which of your friends or relatives have already donated.
Thanks again for your support—we appreciate you! If you have any questions about Rock-a-thon as you are gathering donations or about the actual event itself, please feel free to email or text one of your Rock-a-Thon Co-Chairs.
Gladys Ruiz, Rock-a-Thon Co-Chair
Leah Moore, Rock-a-Thon Co-Chair
Good morning everyone!
Please take a few minutes to read through this week’s Virtual Band Buzz! This issue contains important information about our assignments, as well as information for our band SENIORS!!
Most of you should have received the audition music for band placement for next year. If you did not, please contact the band directors so that we can make that available to you. Mr. Pearce emailed that music to the band last Wednesday, as well as audition information.
If you have assignments from previous weeks that have not been submitted, please submit those assignments in a ASAP in order to receive credit. Have a great week everyone!!
Virtual Band Buzz, March 30th